Elizabeth “Betty” Younglove Suffel, of Pasadena, California, on October 22, 2015. Born in Detroit, Betty moved with her family to Pasadena when she was three years old and graduated from Pasadena High School. She married G. Shumway Suffel and had two children. Betty was a leader in Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts, raised funds for charities, and enjoyed travel, crafts, and entertaining friends. She is survived by her son and niece.
Mary Grigsby Lansdowne, of Carmel, California, on August 3, 2015. Mary was an artist on the Monterey Peninsula who was best known for oil paintings of flowers and seascapes and pencil sketches of historical buildings and nature scenes; her notecards and prints were sold in local shops. After graduating from Scripps and having studied with Millard Sheets, she attended the California School of Fine Arts and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in interior design. Mary was a member of the Carmel Art Association since 1941. She is survived by her son and grandchildren.
Ida Avila Gardner, of San Luis Obispo, California, on October 18, 2015. Ida was the last surviving and youngest of eight children of one of the early Portuguese ranching families of San Luis Obispo. She earned a scholarship to attend Scripps College, where she worked in the dining hall and had the good fortune to serve visiting luminaries, including Sinclair Lewis. While at Scripps, Ida met Joseph Gardner, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, whom she married in 1942. Joseph’s job with Trans World Airlines moved the couple to Los Angeles and Kansas City, and then to New York in 1970, where Ida worked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art library for 10 years. After retiring from the museum and raising seven children, she returned to her hometown, where she was an active member of the San Luis Obispo Historical Society. Her youngest daughter, Maria, shared, “Scripps opened up an incredible world to my mother, who had grown up in a small farming community. Education was the most important thing in her life and made her the outspoken, progressive, open-minded woman she was for the past 96-plus years. She once told me that she sat in a chair and sobbed the day she graduated because she didn’t want to leave.” She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Patricia Morrison Myers, of La Cañada, California, on April 29, 2014. Patricia was a writer, a mother of four, a philanthropist, a world traveler, and a walnut farmer—after her husband Bryant’s death, she and a son carried on with the plan to plant 6,500 walnut trees on the family ranch in Santa Ynez, California. Through the years, Patricia served as a trustee on a number of boards of directors, including Hathaway Children Services, Westminster Gardens, Harambee Christian Family Center, and Door of Hope. She also identified affordable housing as a major need and played a primary role in developing the San Gabriel Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity. La Cañada Presbyterian Church was her spiritual home, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served as deacon and elder on several occasions. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Virginia Hester Laddey, of Irvine, California, on September 12, 2015. Virginia had a sharp mind and great sense of humor. She came to Scripps from Long Beach and was a devoted member of Dorsey Hall, majoring in humanities and American civilization. As a proud, lifelong feminist, Virginia made waves as one of only 250 women stockbrokers in the U.S. during the 1970s. She returned to Scripps as the director of alumnae relations, where she helped to strengthen the network of intelligent and resourceful women graduating from her alma mater. Upon retirement, Virginia continued to be an active member of the Orange County alumnae group and a class reunion volunteer. She was also devoted to several other organizations, including the University of California, Irvine, and, in 1982, she cofounded the Long Beach-based Literary Women, which celebrates women authors with a regionally acclaimed festival each spring. She is survived by her daughter.
Nancy Eckard, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on August 12, 2015. Nancy was born in Rochester, Minnesota. Her granduncles founded the Mayo Clinic with their father, William Worrall Mayo; Nancy’s father was also a doctor at the clinic. After graduating from Scripps, she returned to Rochester and met the love her of life, Burnell F. Eckardt, a young doctor on fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, on a blind date. They married four months later and enjoyed 58 happy years together, until his death in 2005. Nancy was active in the Medical Auxiliary, Sheboygan Service Club, the United Way Board, and the Town and Country Garden Club. She was a devout member of Zion Church and especially loved singing in the choir. She was one of the founders of Maywood Environmental Park, where she was a dedicated volunteer and an editor of its newsletter for many years. She was an ardent Brewers fan and loved playing golf and tennis, gardening and flower arranging, playing cards, baking bread, telling family stories, and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth “Bett” Nuzum, of Tucson, on June 18, 2014. Bett was born in Manila, the Philippines, and spent her childhood in China and Japan. While a student at Scripps, she met and married her husband, Pember Nuzum. The couple moved to Tucson and purchased land in Álamos, Mexico, where they became interested in regional art and architecture, constructing a hay-bale house on the property. A resident of Álamos for more than 40 years, Bett created a business to sell the work of local Mexican artisans and taught local women to embroider designs she created. She also initiated the Amigos de Educación house and garden tours to benefit her gift of a library to the town. After the city government took over the library, the tour money was donated to begin a scholarship program that now supports more than 300 Álamos students. Bett was also a founding member of Las Comadres, which was organized to collect used clothing and food for distribution to the needy in Álamos neighborhoods. She is survived by her children.
Lynden L. DeLong, of Fisher, Indiana, on August 3, 2015. Lynden was a voracious reader of many different genres, especially science fiction and natural healing therapies. After Scripps, she went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. She was a computer science instructor at Carthage College and Carroll University in Wisconsin and also held various positions at Charles Schwab & Company and Verizon. She is survived by her niece and nephews.
Janice Howard Blomberg, of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, on November 13, 2015. Janice was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1982, she married Robert W. Blomberg; they relocated to Cape Cod in 1993. Janice loved working with her students as a teacher’s assistant, most recently at Falmouth High School. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Julia “Judy” White Santos, of Chula Vista, California, on August 4, 2015. Judy cherished her time at Scripps and The Claremont Colleges, where she made numerous lasting friendships and met her future husband, Hernan Santos (HMC ’87). After earning her degree in vocal music, Judy applied her liberal arts education to the field of environmental health and safety. In 1997, she and Hernan moved to San Diego and started a family. Judy volunteered at her children’s schools and passed on her love of music by directing the annual variety show. Years of health challenges failed to dampen her enthusiasm, energy, or artistic vision. She is survived by her husband and three children.
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